“Facing our Fears” is more than the title for our sermon series. It captures how many of us feel about the twists and turns life presents to us. We don’t like feeling out of control, uncertain, fearful, or weakened by the possibilities of a shaky present or a dark future. We would rather courageously face current challenges and boldly walk toward the days ahead.

Personal lives, family circumstances, school and work realities, social interactions, church involvement … every corner of our lives present moments to not only face our fears, but to rise above them.

As one of our leaders pointed out in a circle of prayer at our Church Council meeting, Paul gave us the key: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7).

Come on, Wieuca. Let’s practice what we preach!

At this moment, three groups of lay leaders are serving on teams seeking new leadership for our children, youth, and congregational life ministries. They are working diligently and are relying on the prayer support and encouragement from all of us.

We are moving into the fall with plenty of questions and needs. We turn that around and realize that God will give us the answers and provide all we need, if we trust and expect.

This Sunday we honor Julie and Matt Sapp. A reception will be held in the Peachtree Room immediately after worship. Anne Cross, Personnel Chair, will announce that we encourage people to present a love gift to the Sapps in appreciation of their service her and in blessing for their future ministry at Heritage Baptist Fellowship in Canton. Our Covenant Groups are sponsoring this important event.

On Sunday, August 17, we hold our annual church conference. A ministry budget will be presented, representing our goals and objectives for the new year. A budget is sheets of paper with lots of numbers. A budget serves as a guide for wise stewardship. But let’s be honest, a budget means nothing if we do not support it with our tithes and offerings.

Please take me seriously. If we practice what we preach, we get involved, we pray, we attend, we give, we serve. Our current levels of attendance and giving should cause every member of this congregation concern. We can do better Wieuca. We can share our faith; we can invite our friends; we can strengthen the atmosphere of caring and compassion. We can do this. By the power of the One who calls us and blesses us, we can be the presence of Christ in our church and community. How about it? Who’s with me?

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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